One more liberal cosmopolitan for Brexit

I agree with Jeremy and TSE that the problem's not going to go away either way. But, apart from the anti-democratic nature of the project, I'm voting out because, while the EU has lowered costs and raised revenues for the Guardian-reading, property-owning classes (I'm particularly thinking of free movement of people in the form of […] 3 comments, inc trebots: http://www2.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2016/06/22/tissue-price-on-why-he-thinks-that-br

Saxon revolt?

Many old-style hardware shops in London have a reputation for poor customer service (an example). I wonder if they have struggled because the DIY-ers had no idea what they were looking for, and because the Slav professionals who have replaced them since 2004 have no idea what it is called. But they are usually fine […]

My gods, my emperor, my town, my business

Key historical dates from an early 19th century Austrian almanac.

Requiesdog

Knightly tombs in churches with, resting at their feet, dogs that vary in aspect from lamb to lion: Briton Rivière shows the foreplay, but is the dog then bestonèd by sorrow (cf. the widowed Hindoo's fiery fate), or is it simply (or even lysergically) sacrificed?

Chairman Javi’s Catalan, not Galician

Bleeding obvious innit. 2 comments, inc trebots: Anthem for father-in-laws everywhere, probably. Shave yer 'ed, and give up drinking.

Isidore etymologises beggars and prostitutes

BL: "The Latin word for 'beggar' (mendicus) is now believed to derive from an earlier word meaning 'deformity' or 'lack'. Isidore, however, speculates a much more charming story, of a 'custom among the ancients' to 'close the hungry mouth and extend a hand, as if speaking with the hand' (manu dicere)." His etymologies for "the […]

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

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  • Don Colin: "gnomic"
  • The Pox: "Franco's Little Helper"
  • La Vanguardia wonders whether Kalebeul is a CIA operation
  • Mark Liberman: "a treat"
  • Significant other: "What was that hairy weirdo on about? What blog?"

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Thomas More endorses the siesta

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Of the twenty-four equal hours into which they divide the day and the night, the Utopians devote only six to work. They work three hours before noon, when they go to lunch. After lunch, they rest for two hours, then go to work for another three hours...

EU interpreter kicked senseless by admin colleague during Commission charity footie match

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Politico: The Schuman Trophy has been a fixture on the Commission’s calendar for 20 years, with teams from each department playing each other and raising money for children’s charities. But this year’s event — held on May 21 and sponsored b...

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